1. Beats Music Releases 'Do the Right Thing' Doc

    August 15, 2014 11:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 Apple's Beats Music has created a new documentary for the 25th anniversary of Do the Right Thing that reunites director Spike Lee with several members of the landmark film's cast and crew, and returns fans to the Brooklyn street it all mad ...

  2. Top 10 Songs From World Cup Spots (Watch)

    June 19, 2014 5:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 World Cup ads put music’s reputation as the “universal language” to the test in a crowded field where the choice of the song can mean a win or lose for any brand.  This year’s World Cup sponsorship is up 40% from 2010, according to a study by McKins ...

  3. Pharrell Williams to Perform AmEx 'Unstaged' Concert June 3 at NYC's Apollo

    May 27, 2014 6:00 AM EDT Pharrell Williams has been tapped to kick off the latest installment of “American Express Unstaged” live-streaming concert series, a partnership with Vevo and YouTube. Williams will play a special show at New York’s Apollo Theater on June 3 that w ...

  4. Pharrell Williams to Perform AmEx 'Unstaged' Concert June 3 at NYC's Apollo

    May 27, 2014 6:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Pharrell Williams has been tapped to kick off the latest installment of “American Express Unstaged” live-streaming concert series, a partnership with Vevo and YouTube. Williams will play a special show at New York’s Apollo Theater on June 3 that wil ...

  5. Go Inside Jerrod Carmichael's Spike Lee-Directed Comedy Special (Video)

    May 20, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Spike Lee needed only three video clips of Jerrod Carmichael to be sold on directing the young comedian's first special for HBO and Funny or Die. "We were ready to do the song and dance and it wasn't necessary," says Anna Wenger ...

  6. Pepsi Launches Label With Caroline, Releasing Soccer Album With Rita Ora, Kelly Rowland, Timbaland

    May 16, 2014 12:38 PM EDT In 2012, Pepsi took a chance by tapping then-emerging DJ-producer Calvin Harris to create an original song for a European soccer campaign on behalf of its fledgling sugar-free soda Pepsi Max. The result? “Let’s Go,” a global hit featuring Ne-Yo ...

  7. Kelly Rowland, Spike Lee Featured on Soccer-Themed Visual Album

    May 12, 2014 10:12 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Beats of the Beautiful Game," curated by Pepsi, will be released June 10 ahead of the World Cup Pepsi is pairing singers and filmmakers to release a visual album that celebrates soccer during the World Cup. Spike Lee, Timbaland, Idris Elb ...

  8. Eminem Releases Touching Spike Lee-Directed ‘Headlights’ Video on Mother’s Day: Watch

    May 11, 2014 1:14 PM EDT Eminem celebrated Mother’s Day on May 11 with the release of his heartfelt new Spike Lee-directed music video for “Headlights,” in which he apologizes to his mom for negatively referencing her in his past music. Eminem and Spike Lee Working Toget ...

  9. Eminem and Spike Lee Working Together In Detroit On 'Headlights' Music Video

    April 06, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Eminem has revealed that he'll be working with legendary film director Spike Lee on a new music video. On Saturday (April 5), the Detroit rapper tweeted , "Spike came out to The D for the 'Headlights' video... Coming soon." ...

  10. Spike Lee in Early Talks to Direct Neil Bogart Biopic 'Spinning Gold'

    October 30, 2013 8:18 PM EDT Spike Lee is being courted to direct Neil Bogart biopic "Spinning Gold," and is in early talks to take on the gig. The Foresight Unlimited project stars Justin Timberlake as the infamous record executive who was closely aligned with th ...

  11. Michael Jackson's Duet Partner Siedah Garrett Talks 'Bad25'

    November 21, 2012 1:30 PM EST 0 0 0 There's a moment in Spike Lee's new Michael Jackson documentary "Bad25" that Siedah Garrett - co-writer of "Man in the Mirror" and the late Jackson's duet partner on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" - ...

  12. The Beat 10/24: Black Keys Top Hot Tours, Beyonce & Jay-Z Can't Trademark 'Blue Ivy'

    October 24, 2012 5:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Welcome to the Wednesday, October 24 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. In ...

  13. Spike Lee Debuts Michael Jackson Documentary 'BAD25' Trailer: Watch

    October 18, 2012 5:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Thanksgiving, fans will get a peek into the making of one of Michael Jackson 's classic albums, "Bad." In celebration of the full-length's 25th anniversary, ABC will premiere Spike Lee's documentary, "Michael Jackson ...

  14. Virile Videos Rely On Music For Hits

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Films' music-focused promotional clips are proving just as powerful online as they were on MTV decades ago. After years of lackluster efforts in using music to generate lines at the box office, film studios are starting to wake up again to th ...

  15. How Beats By Dre Got Their Headphones On Olympians' Ears (Despite Violating IOC Policy)

    July 31, 2012 4:30 PM EDT In just a matter of days, Beats By Dre headphones have become one of the most visible - and controversial - brands at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Athletes like British tennis player Laura Robson and soccer player Jack Butland tweeted their love ...

  16. Spike Lee Prepping Michael Jackson 'Bad' Documentary

    July 10, 2012 8:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Spike Lee worked with Michael Jackson and considered him a friend, but the director says even he learned a lot combing through footage of the icon for a planned documentary about the singer's "Bad" album. Lee calls it a "treasure ...

  17. Spike Lee Preparing Michael Jackson Documentary to Coincide With 'Bad' 25th Anniversary

    July 10, 2012 2:02 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Spike Lee worked with Michael Jackson and considered him a friend, but the director says even he learned a lot combing through footage of the icon for a planned documentary about the singer's Bad album. Lee calls it a "t ...

  18. Backbeat: BET Host Music Matters Showcase With Leah Labelle, Stevie Wonder, Rob Light, More

    July 05, 2012 12:56 PM EDT (L-R): BET's Kelly Griffin, LaToya Jackson, BET's Stephen Hill, Katherine Jackson and Rebbie Jackson. (Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images/BET Networks) BET Awards 2012 is now part of television history. However, music still matters at BET as ...

  19. BET Awards 2012: Whitney Houston Tribute Marks Emotional High

    July 02, 2012 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With all the star power at the BET Awards - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few - the most stirring moment came not from a superstar, but from the mother of one. Whitney Houston's mother Cissy provided t ...

  20. Kanye, Jay-Z Win Top BET Award, Cissy Houston Honors Daughter Whitney (Video)

    July 02, 2012 12:28 AM EDT Cissy Houston's tribute to her late daughter was the emotional highlight of Sunday's BET Awards, a show that was defined by extended bleeps and the vulgarities that censors failed to catch onstage throughout the night. Whitney Houston� ...

  21. Vevo's Rio Caraeff Talks Upfronts, Royalties, Growth, and Says: 'We Have No Intention To Leave YouTube'

    April 24, 2012 12:18 PM EDT It's a transitional time for Vevo, as the No. 1 most-watched YouTube channel (and No. 3 most-watched U.S. video platform on the web, according to Comscore) prepares to host its first upfront event for advertisers and agencies in New York on W ...

  22. Backbeat: Hill Country Hosts Chip Taylor Who Says 'F**k All The Perfect People'

    March 23, 2012 1:04 PM EDT Chip Taylor, right, poses with Hill Country Live director Lincoln Schofield at Taylor's performance Thursday night. (Photo: Thom Duffy) At Hill Country Barbeque Market , the down-home eatery, and the showcase club Hill Country Live, in Manhat ...

  23. Darren Aronofsky to Direct Lou Reed, Metallica Video

    November 03, 2011 7:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Award-winning director Darren Aronofsky will direct a music video from the new Metallica and Lou Reed album, "Lulu." Best-known for his Oscar-nominated films "Black Swan" and "The Wrestler," Aronofsky will produce a vid ...

  24. Duran Duran Taps David Lynch to Direct 'Unstaged' Live Streamed Concert

    March 14, 2011 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The members of Duran Duran aren't expecting dancing dwarves and talking rabbits to be part of their upcoming David Lynch -directed episode of American Express' "Unstaged" concert series. But they won't mind if they are -- or ...

  25. Rihanna Rocks NBA All-Star Game with Kanye West, Drake

    February 21, 2011 9:14 AM EST 0 0 0 With a celebrity-studded crowd looking on, Rihanna rocked the halftime show at the NBA All-Star game on her 23rd birthday. She had other big names helping her sing her hits Sunday, with Drake joining in on "What's My Name?" and workin ...

  26. Blake Griffin Slam Dunks Over Car to R. Kelly's 'Fly'

    February 20, 2011 12:57 PM EST 0 0 0 If you missed the NBA's 2011 Slam Dunk Contest Saturday night (Feb. 19), then you missed All-Star rookie and Blake Griffin dukning over a car (a Kia, for all you product placement-watchdogs out there), to the sounds of a gospel choir singing R. ...

  27. BACKBEAT: John Legend, The Roots' ?uestlove and Spike Lee At Billboard Live! Panel During 2010 Advertising Week

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Advertising Week 2010 Kicked off in NYC on September 27 and Billboard was there to present Billboard Live! which hosted Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson from the Roots, John Legend , director Spike Lee , American Express’ Courtney Kelso and Momentum’s J ...

  28. Spike Lee to Direct John Legend, the Roots Live Webcast

    September 14, 2010 2:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Spike Lee will direct a live webcast of a concert featuring John Legend and the Roots . The concert, to be held in New York on Sept. 23, is the second part of "Unstaged," a live concert series presented by American Express Co. The first wa ...

  29. POTW: Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Eminem, Kanye, Gwen Stefani

    September 03, 2010 3:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bieber and Usher huddled backstage, Rihanna kissed her wax-self, Kanye watched the US Open, Gwen Stefani froliced on the beach with Zuma, Snoop Dogg and Spike Lee celebrated Michael Jackson, Fergie and Slash raged on-stage, the cast of Glee performe ...

  30. Billboard Bits: Beyonce Returns To the Studio, Blink-182 Cracks Crude Obama Joke

    August 30, 2010 7:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyonce Returns To Studio with Ne-Yo Beyonce is back in the studio after taking a break from music earlier this year, according to Perez Hilton. The news follows a tweet ...

  31. Jazz Singer Abbey Lincoln Dies in New York

    August 15, 2010 9:29 AM EDT 0 0 0 Abbey Lincoln , a jazz singer and songwriter known for her phrasing, emotion and uncompromising style, died Saturday in New York at age 80. She had been declining in health for the past year. Her death was confirmed by friend and filmmaker Carol Fri ...

  32. "Saving OurSelves" Telethon Brings More Pleas, Help for Haiti

    February 06, 2010 8:42 AM EST 0 0 0 Nearly a month after a devastating earthquake, shock gave way Friday night to a celebration of Haitian culture and pride. Wyclef Jean opened the "SOS Saving OurSelves - Help for Haiti" concert and telethon with the Haitian Creole phrase fo ...

  33. Michael Jackson Honored in Spike Lee's "This Is It" Video

    December 28, 2009 1:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Over the Christmas holiday, director Spike Lee premiered the official video for Michael Jackson 's posthumous single "This Is It," a clip that pays tribute to the life and career of the King of Pop. The moving video mixes images culle ...

  34. Michael Jackson Remains A Global Phenomenon

    July 02, 2009 8:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Michael Jackson went from being Gary, Ind.'s most talented kid to one of the most recognizable human beings on the planet. And while his worldwide album sales were astounding, that wasn't the sole reason for his fame. his ascendancy went f ...

  35. Sharpton & Spike Lee at Apollo Jackson Tribute

    Sharpton & Spike Lee at Apollo Jackson Tribute

    July 01, 2009 10:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Al Sharpton and Spike Lee onstage at the Apollo's Michael Jackson tribute on Tuesday, June 30 in New York. Apollo Theater , al sharpton , Pop , the apollo , Apollo , reverend al sharpton , Michael Jackson , Spike Lee , Michael Jackson Tribute , ...

  36. Apollo Theater Turns 75 With Gala Concert, Ceremony

    May 13, 2009 2:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Apollo Theater will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a benefit tribute concert and an awards ceremony, among other festivities, on Monday, June 8h beginning at 6:30 p.m., to be held at the historic venue. Hosted by comedian, actor and radio p ...

  37. Bruce Hornsby Scores Spike Lee's Kobe Bryant Doc

    March 18, 2009 12:47 AM EDT 0 0 0 After years of successful recording achievements, Bruce Hornsby is taking his work to the silver screen. The singer and songwriter of late-80's hits like "The Way It Is" and "The Valley Road" has composed the score to " ...

  38. Prince Keeps Charting His Own Course

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 At a recent New York celebration/concert for Prince's new book, late night had turned into early morning, the bar was closing and party organizers were deciding what decorations to pack up first. At a recent New York celebration/concert for Pri ...

  39. Spike Lee's Ad Agency To Bring Brands to Hip-Hop Site

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spike Lee's advertising agency, Omnicom Group's Spike DDB, has partnered with goldmic.com , a hip-hop social networking site, to bring new brands to the five-year old site. The partnership also means that Spike DDB clients, who include P ...

  40. Nas Reveals 'N*gger' Video, Album Cover

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper Nas has revealed the video for "Be a N*gger Too," the lead single from his upcoming untitled album, due July 1 via Def Jam. The clip was unveiled for media last night (May 29) at the Tribeca Gr Rapper Nas has revealed the video for ...

  41. Nokia And Spike Lee Pair On Movie Contest

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nokia and director Spike Lee are teaming on a contest for a "social film" - one generated by users with content captured from their mobile phones. The theme of the film is to be on how "music tells the story of humanity." The f ...

  42. Live Nation, Best Buy Team For Mariah DVD

    November 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Mariah Carey's Live Nation-produced The Adventures of Mimi tour will be chronicled on an upcoming DVD of the same name, which will be a Best Buy exclusive at retail. Mariah Carey's Live Nation-produced The Adventures of Mimi tour will be c ...

  43. Veteran Go-Go Group E.U. Offers 'The Mixture'

    September 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Known originally by its full name Experience Unlimited, E.U. was the top Washington, D.C., go-go group and jumped to the national stage after Spike Lee used its song "Da Butt" in his 1988 film "School Daze." Now, 20 years later ...

  44. Teddy Bear's Return

    September 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT When director Spike Lee picked E.U.'s dance tune "Da Butt" for the soundtrack to his 1988 film "School Daze," the song became a No. 1 hit and a national sensation. Some 20 years later, the anniversary of the film and song ...

  45. Etheridge, Blanchard Set For Film & TV Conference

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge and composer Terence Blanchard are confirmed to participate at the 2006 Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference. Singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge and composer Terence Blanchard are confirmed ...

  46. Corey Miller Ordered Into Home Confinement

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 An appearance by Corey Miller at a Hurricane Katrina documentary premiere in New Orleans has led a judge to put the rapper on full home confinement until his second trial on a second-degree murder cha An appearance by Corey Miller at a Hurricane Kat ...

  47. Hornsby's 'Intersections' Boxed With DVD

    April 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Bruce Hornsby's career to date will be represented with the four-disc, 53-track boxed set "Intersections," which is due July 25 via RCA/Legacy. A fifth disc comprises a 22-track DVD that rounds up liv Bruce Hornsby's career to da ...

  48. De La Soul Signs With Sanctuary

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Veteran rap trio De La Soul has signed a new deal with Sanctuary Urban Records Group, which will on Sept. 28 release its next album, "The Grind Date," in conjunction with the group's own AOI Records. Veteran rap trio De La Soul has si ...

  49. Jane's Addiction Dusts Off Documentary

    September 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Jane's Addiction documentary "Three Days" will finally see North American release on DVD Oct. 7 via Sanctuary, four years after debuting at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The Jane's Addiction documentary &quo ...

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